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It's Not Magic, It's Science!: 50 Science Tricks that Mystify, Dazzle & Astound! Hardcover – March 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 - 12
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579906222
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579906221
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,370,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 4-6–Using magic as her theme, Buttitta introduces students to scientific concepts such as air pressure, optical illusions, balance, Bernoulli effect, capillary action, density, temperature, and laws of motions. Each trick is one or two pages in length and includes a materials list of basic household items, numbered steps of easy-to-follow instructions, and an explanation of the scientific principles that make the magic work. Whimsical color illustrations add humor and elucidate some of the steps. Explanations of scientific principles and the history surrounding some of the discoveries that are used as a basis for these experiments are included. This book provides an effective way to entice students to learn about science. Peter Eldin's Science Magic (Millbrook, 2002) offers fewer experiments, but has the same science-as-magic premise.–Ann Joslin, formerly at Erie County Public Library, PA
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Louise E. Miles on September 11, 2008
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I did several experiments with my granddaughters. We easily found the required objects around the house and understood the directions. They especially liked the experiment where the egg is sucked into the glass bottle. They also liked the experiment where one person places a hand in cold water and the other in almost hot then they both put their hand into warm water and tell if it feels hot or cold. We divided into groups and presented a "Magic" show. My granddaughters are 5, 6, 7, but I think even younger kids could enjoy doing the experiments. I checked the book out of the library but now want copies for the kids so they can do all the experiments.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mimi B on October 8, 2008
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This book was a great way to encourage reading. Not only did the kids read but were very excited to give up TV in order to try the experiments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CK on February 20, 2013
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While I think this book might be nice for people who are just interested in science or want quick, short, and easy activities to do, this book didn't cut it for me. I'm an elementary science teacher and was hoping that I could find some lessons in here. Mostly, I use these demonstrations as quick little "attention-getters" for my class. They're okay, although there are some that require materials I don't have (and am not going to buy) and/or the logistics in an elementary classroom just don't work out.
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